SPOKANE -- A heroes' welcome at the Spokane International Airport. Friends and family gathered to cheer 36 World War II veterans returning from a trip of a lifetime.
They returned late Sunday afternoon to American flags and a large, cheering crowd. But the trip to Washington, D.C. had a few hiccups. They did not get into the nation's capital until 2 a.m. Saturday. That made for a tough start to their trip. Honor Flight veterans usually have a breakfast at 6 a.m. and then load the bus around 8 a.m. There were also mechanical issues with the plane they boarded to get across the country. But no one had any complaints.
The group now joins the more than 400 others that have gone to see the memorials built in their honor since the program launched three years ago.
Included in that group is 99-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor James Elms. He's the oldest veteran ever to take the trip. He turns 100 next month.